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Assembly Election Results

Election results live updates - Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi

  • Gujarat - BJP wins 115 seats; Hat-trick for Modi; Cong wins 61 seats (6:50 p.m.)
  • Himachal Pradesh- Congress gets absolute majority, wins 36 seats; BJP wins 26, others 4

7.10 p.m.

Narendra Modi on Thursday performed a hat-trick retaining power for the third time in Gujarat and propelled himself as a strong contender in the Prime Ministerial race in 2014 while Congress ousted BJP from office in Himachal Pradesh.

The BJP registered its fifth consecutive victory in Gujarat, third under Mr. Modi, when it bagged 115 seats, two less than in the 2007 elections while Congress bagged two more to finish at 61.

The Nationalist Congress Party won two seats while Janata Dal-U one seat. The Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) led by Keshubhai Patel, which was widely predicted to damage the BJP’s fortunes, ended with a whimper winning only three seats.

Widely speculated as a strong contender in the BJP riven by squabbles as PM candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections, 62-year-old Mr. Modi dedicated his victory to the six crore Gujaratis and those all over the country pining for good governance and development.

The Chief Minister, who had consciously refused to apologise or express regret over the post-Godhra violence in the state in 2002 that claimed over 1,000 Muslim lives, today said he apologised to the six crore Gujaratis for “any mistake that may have occurred“.

Even by mistake, there should be no mistake in the future, he told his supporters in his 45-minute victory speech but gave no indications of his future political plans.

When they shouted, “PM, PM”, he said he would be making a visit to Delhi for a day on Dec 27 and whatever he was doing in Gujarat was the service to Mother India. “Neither will I stop, nor will I get tired as I have to fulfill your dreams”, he said.

While two BJP MPs Smriti Irani and Ram Jethmalani openly endorsed Mr. Modi as the next Prime Minister candidate but the party leaders steered clear of the issue.

Chief Spokesperson of BJP Ravi Shankar Prasad said Mr. Modi has always been an important leader in the party. “We are not a dynastic party, which is led by a Yuavaraj. We function in a pure democratic fashion,” he said.

Modi appears set for hat-trick

(1.23 p.m.) Narendra Modi wins by a huge margin from Maninagar as BJP bags all four seats declared so far and leads in 114 of State’s 182 constituencies, with the Chief Minister set to score a hat-trick. Mr. Modi trounced his nearest Congress rival Shweta Bhatt by a margin of 86,373 votes.

BJP bags Amraivadi, Mangrol and Karanj seats.

Main Opposition Congress is leading in 59 seats, while nominees of Keshubhai Patel’s Gujarat Parivartan Party are ahead in two, state election office sources say.

Besides, the NCP, Janta Dal(U) and an independent are leading in one constituency each.

Celebrations begin across the State with BJP workers smearing each others face with gulal and beating drums in the streets of Ahmedabad and elsewhere.

(10:09 a.m.) Modi tweets

"No need of looking behind, FORWARD! We want infinite energy, infinite courage, infinite patience..." Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tweets on poll trends.

“Modi bhai has always been an important leader in the BJP... We are not a dynastic party which is led by a Yuvaraj. We function in a pure democratic fashion,” says BJP chief Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

In pictures: the Gujarat campaign

(10:37 a.m.) Minister Anandiben Patel is leading in Ghatlodia, while minister and state government spokesman Jaynarayan Vyas is trailing in Siddhpur.

Jagruti Pandya, wife of slain BJP leader, Haren Pandya, locked in a ‘revenge’ fight in Ellis Bridge seat, is trailing her BJP rival. Pandya’s family had blamed Modi for the murder of Haren Pandya, who was twice elected from the seat.

(11:20 a.m.) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is leading by 70,000 votes in Maninagar constituency against Shweta Bhatt. Modi has polled 94,646 votes while Shweta, wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, has polled 24,095 votes so far after 12 rounds of counting, official sources say.

(11:25 a.m.) Narendra Modi, Amit Shah win

(12:25) Keshubhai Patel wins

Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) leader and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel has won from Visavadar constituency in Saurashtra region, officials say. Mr Patel won by about 20,000 votes against his nearest Bharatiya Janata Party rival Kanubhai Bhalala.

Congress set to win Himachal

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal says that he welcomes the decision of people. “Whatever people decide is good. It would be good if they support us, and good even if they don’t. I will welcome the decision of people,” he says.

(10:30 a.m.) Fortunes change for Congress in Himachal Pradesh, where it was initially projected as trailing the ruling BJP. Congress is leading in 37 seats while the BJP is ahead in 24 in the 68-memmber Assembly. Himachal has a 68-member Assembly in which BJP had won 43 seats in the last elections against Congress’ 16.

This nation needs Narendra Bhai Modi as Prime Minister to send all the antisocial and anti nation eliments into jail. If the nation has luck, Modi bhai will be the PM.

from:  SAHIL
Posted on: Dec 21, 2012 at 13:58 IST

I fully agree with the comment made by Muralita. We expected all these jokes from a literate person like Mr Chidambaram. His counterpart in DMK - Mr Karunanidhi has gone one step a head. He says "Poll results show growth of Congress"!!!!! Excellent support to Congress in order to be in Power atleast in Centre. Anyway, BJP should now work very hard to win 2014 Lok Sabha Elections by concentrating State-by-State. They need to draw lesson from politicians like Yediyurappa.

from:  Sridhar.S
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 15:36 IST

Gujarat will be in the hands of Narendra modi again but the congress is
on a winning spree in Himachal pradesh This result showed that Narendra
Modi was good in his act and people gave the mandate to bring him back
to power

from:  DrAsok Sanker
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 15:16 IST

Now from P. Chidamabaram's comment "we contained BJP within 117 in
Gujarat" suggests that Congress was fighting election not to win but to
decrease the tally of BJP.

from:  Vineet Kumar Singh
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 14:53 IST

congrats! a great victory.. waiting for him to play a larger role at
national level...

from:  abhilasha
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 14:07 IST

I beleive, without keshubhai, BJP would have done more than 130 seats. Not to forgot odisha chief minister already made hatrick.

People follow the leader, who are honest,uncorrupt like naveen babu and modi.Modi has not promoted his familty unlike congress leaders, who are busy following the rule of inehritance of object comuting.

from:  Ranjan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 13:43 IST

very funny statement from congress supporter and Mr Finance Minister on Gujarat's result.

from:  Umang
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 13:07 IST

The polls suggest that Congress is on a winning spree. It increased its tally in Gujarat and ousted the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh by winning majority of the seats there. The BJP is in shocking mood indeed.

from:  K.J.Haroon Basha
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 12:21 IST

This result was expected and BJP Party should not be more happy i.e. beyond limit. This party has not gained any thing but likely to loose one state. Now BJP should be alert for LOK SABHA POLL. They should fixed target state by state and analyse their position if they really desires to come in power.

from:  Hari Das Yadav
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 12:05 IST

Mr Chidambaram's comments on the Gujarat results are very very strange
indeed. His conclusion that the Congress has won (because it reduced
Modi majority by 2 seats)defies logic and disbelief. I have always
expected this sort of convoluted and sycophantic logic from Congress
members, but now even Chidambaram has joined the party. That an
apparently logical, cultured and educated man such as Chidambaram
does this shows the dominance of loyalty and sycophancy over logic and
principles in Congress. It is a pity that the only way to belong in
that party appears to be to bow even lower and scrape even deeper to
the powers that be. Their leader who was crying herself hoarse about
Modi's doings in 2002 is strangely silent on the appalling rape in her
own backyard, ruled by her own party. I am deeply concerned for the
future of our children and their children.

from:  Muralita
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 12:01 IST

No one can even think of kickin' narendra modi out of gujarat.he has been gaining the sympathies and votes of gujarat people right frm the beginning and the poor thing is that they follow him blindly overseeing his mistakes

from:  Mani
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 11:43 IST

Thanks god......the ways is cleared form Modi as PM of India....

from:  Rishi Chauhan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2012 at 10:58 IST
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